Ann’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!
Young and oh so wise when it comes to skin care and self care, we know you’re going to love this routine from a reader who has been with us since the age 13!
City: New Prague, MN
Skin: Fair, acne-prone, finally in pretty good condition
Hair: Dirty blond-light brown curly bob; very curly the first two post shampoo days, unraveling somewhat after. Generally good condition, with frizzy tendencies
Favorite Star From the Past: None. I don’t have favorite stars or celebrities, so feel free to choose for me! (NMDL note: We chose Lauren Bacall)
I revolutionized my beauty methods and products after stumbling into NMDL in the library as a thirteen-year-old. I’ve been reading this blog and other books and blogs since. With time, new knowledge, trial and error, my hair and skin have greatly stabilized and are looking much more as they “should” for my youth. Also, sometime while transitioning from a depressed, apathetic wreck into the positive, cheerful person I am now, my skin answered in sync. Inner peace is probably what I credit most to looking better in general. As an extremely busy university student, I have reason to be stressed and overwhelmed, but I’m not. Even while consistently not getting enough sleep or allowing pitfalls in diet, things mostly stay the same (these factors used to cause flare-ups). Also, I drink an obscene amount of water.
In the Shower…
I start off most days with a few minutes of mindfulness by quietly reciting this mantra to set the tone for the day. Unless it’s after a workout, I shower in the mornings. This is the only thing besides the occasional coffee that gets me going. I consistently use Jason’s Tea Tree Body Wash, as it is affordable and prevents body breakouts for me. Twice a week or less, I shampoo with Shea Moisture’s Hibiscus & Coconut 2-in-one Foaming Body Wash (yes, body wash on my hair. It works. This one is also my shave cream.). Conditioner currently is Giovanni Leave-In, and for gel I’m finishing up my bottle of Bamboo Style Super Natural Curl Shaping and Defining Cream. It’s not my favorite and not the most clean, but first day results are very decent. I used to use Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll for mousse, which was always great. I am always changing it up with hair products and next want to try the DevaCurl line, which gave top-notch results last time I was in a salon. Jessicurl is also an option. I squeeze water out of my hair with a smooth pillowcase and air dry. On non-poo days I merely wet it slightly and I’m good to go.
Outside the Shower…
Afterwards I use a body oil on wet skin and let it dry while doing my makeup. Currently it’s Osmia’s Sunset, which functions superbly. I just don’t adore the scent, which is overly feminine for me. For perfume I apply the last sad drops of Sage Onyx perfume oil on my chest and pulse points. The smoky scent of black coconut, tobacco and amber could easily be my signature, if some chocolate base notes had been present. I had tried mixing a sample of Sage’s Onyx & Peridot perfume oil blend with some pure cocoa absolute and loved the results even more than the original Onyx. I wish Osmia and Sage would team up to turn one of these into a body oil!
I have been using Dove’s Clinical Strength Deodorant for a couple years. I know, I know. Nothing else works! I study in a very professional future career environment and cannot afford to go through numerous failing natural options. I did notice articles and comments here on NMDL on this but don’t remember them all. Suggestions for powerful natural deodorants with consistent results are very welcome!
After splashing my face with water, brushing with Jason’s Sea Fresh Toothpaste, and putting in my contacts, the coloring fun begins. Completely by accident, I discovered a trick that makes my makeup go on smoother and last better. One morning in a sleepy haze I applied my clear setting powder before the other cover up products, but was surprised to find that everything went on better…so that’s what goes on first now. My “setting” powder is a mix of Silk Naturals’ (untinted) Perfecting Powder and Coastal Scents Silica Spheres. The silica spheres were a find based on someone in the comments here saying it was a cheap RMS Un Powder dupe. I mix these two because the Perfecting Powder by itself is almost too glowy and requires too many touchups, while the silica is too drying and powdery.
After the setting powder goes on my entire face, I apply Mineral Fusion’s Concealer under my eyes and upper cheeks/nose area. Great concealer, by the way, with very good coverage. Next up is Physician’s Formula Airbrushing Pressed Powder. This one is the best affordable and easily accessible option I have found. It doesn’t break me out, doesn’t wear off quickly and has very good coverage. I just don’t like the color options—the lightest color is just a tad too ghostly, and the one after is too orange. (I have the lightest one and it oxydizes a bit on me after a while, so I still am ok with it.) Then I apply the setting powder once again. Once in a while I use Alima Pure’s Contour Powder in Sombre around my nose, cheek hollows and eyes. This stuff is the bomb—completely matte, not too ashy or orange.
For brows I use Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil. Not the absolute cleanest, but the color (medium brown) is just right, and I love how tiny and precise the line always is. Before I was using Zuzu Luxe and was fine with it, but not wowed. Suggestions are welcome. The mascara I keep coming back to is Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara. Origins is definitely greenwashed but this product works well, consistently. I also have Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Work It mascara. This one is comparable to Origins and doesn’t run at all, but the applicator is wimpy and awful. I’m curious to try the Lilly Lolo mascara sometime.
Besides some Alba Coconut Cream lip balm (so effective), I’m done for a typical morning. Every few days I’ll change it up with liner, shadow and/or lipstick. My favorite liquid eyeliners are by Zuze Luxe; seriously great natural formula. Nothing runs or smudges (unless you rub, of course). I have a variety of powder eyeshadows by Silk Naturals, Alima Pure, and Everyday Minerals. All of these are great and can be turned easily into intense eyeliners with a little water and an angled brush. I have only three color lip products. To get my perfect red color, I mix Silk Natural’s Swoon Lipstick with their Jaybird stick gloss or Tarte’s “latergram” Lip Pencil with Silk Naturals’ Swoon Lipstick. The first combo is more moist while the second is more matte. Both combos match with the golden undertones of my fair skin tone, but I’d say the second one is better.
First off I brush with Jason’s Sea Fresh Toothpaste again, then floss with a special dentist recommended floss, then rinse with Listerine Antiseptic mouth wash. I started the floss and rinse only recently, after a dental appointment left me with the knowledge that I have some pockets of serious inflammation. That was the final straw to my dental laziness and I got my act together. I’ll keep using these generic options until the inflammation is gone; after that, does anyone have recommendations for truly effective natural options? One small step I can take now is replacing gum with this recipe.
My main skincare happens at night. I wash with any decent natural face wash, as they don’t seem to differ too much from each other for me. Right now it’s Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser. Cleansers for me, anyway, serve as just the step of taking off makeup and a majority of the grime. My power punch is the second cleansing step, which is exfoliating with pure Fuller’s Earth clay. A small amount mixed with water takes care of any little bumps, dead skin, and leftover makeup. My skin is baby soft afterwards and totally absorbs whatever treatment product I apply. This one nightly step is what I believe faded most of my scars and gradually eliminated acne. I used to also do a mask from this clay twice a week, followed by a raw honey mask, but I haven’t had the time and memory to do this in a while. As a note, I use Fuller’s Earth clay specifically because it is reportedly the most powerful and absorbent of them all; this is just right for my young and acne prone skin.
Afterwards I apply three drops of Josie Maran’s Light Argan Oil, a tiny amount of Acure’s Sensitive Facial Cream, and this amazingly effective DIY thyme toner. That oil is the only one that gives me consistently amazing results year round, end of story, completely whooping all other expensive and fancy oils I’ve tried. The face cream is present just to serve as an emulsifier for the oil and liquid toner. I had previously used Stark’s EV Infusion for this step; it was definitely a great product and faded some scars even more, but I can’t afford to keep repurchasing right now something that goes so fast. The thyme toner is always in an amber glass bottle with a dropper attached. This saves mess and prevents me from wasting any of it on cotton pads, as I skip the traditional application steps, just mixing all three products on my face and letting them collectively absorb.
Every night I do a self-breast massage with Mountain Rose Herbs’ poke oil (formulated for breast tissue), or a DIY oil blend of a base carrier like olive and a growth-promoting EO like ylang ylang. This is an ancient practice of women from far back and a personal habit that I’m sure I will be very, very thankful for someday. I finish off the day with positive self-talk and reflection on gratitude and peace. Insomnia to the curb! (well, unless I had coffee at 6 pm…….)
Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments! Like, anyone else about to start a breast massage practice? Because that sounds amazing.